WDCA's under 14s make it a Cross Border Cup double

WARRNAMBOOL and District Cricket Association (WDCA) has scored its second Cross Border Cup win of the summer.

The under 14 side scored a 55-run win over Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association (MGDCA) at Frew Park, Mount Gambier, on Sunday.

The win followed that of the WDCA senior side, which beat the MGDCA by 197 runs at Jones Oval a month earlier.

Only extreme heat, which forced the associations to abandon the under 16 representative match, denied WDCA a shot at a clean sweep.

WDCA junior co-ordinator Gordon McLeod said the under 14s were deserving of their triumph.

WDCA made 7-163 after losing the toss and being sent in. Sam Alberts top-scored with 36 retired and Jacob Pope made 24. Brody Couch (20), Tom Jackson (19 retired) and Dominic Bandara (18 retired) also made valuable contributions.

In reply, MGDCA was all out for 108. Eight bowlers took one wicket each and there were two run-outs. The pick of the bowlers were the two openers. Brody Couch took 1-6 from five overs and Connor Umbers grabbed 1-7 from four overs.

“The kids really wanted to be a part of this and it was a really good standard of under 14 cricket on a nice turf wicket at Frew Park,” McLeod said.

“They demonstrated the depth of batting, with a number of players making runs and there were a number of contributors with the bowling.”

McLeod said the match gave selectors a look at players who could feature at under 15 Horsham Country Week next January.

Western Waves will also use the match as a guide as they put together their under 14 state championship squad.

“Some of the boys like Tom Jackson and Dominic Bandara will most likely go into the pathway program,” McLeod said.

Harry Hogan, Zavier Mungean and Nick Robertson are also bottom-age players who will be eligible for the Waves’ under 14s next season.

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